Women's Swimming & Diving Caps Weekend at Razorback Relays
Sophomore Roni Balzam led the Bears to a second-place finish in the 3x100 butterfly relay.
Sophomore Roni Balzam led the Bears to a second-place finish in the 3x100 butterfly relay.

Oct. 6, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Just a little more than 12 hours after the conclusion of the Show-Me Showdown in Columbia, Mo., the Missouri State women's swimming & diving team was back in action at the University of Arkansas Razorback Relays. In the five-team field, the Bears finished fourth ahead of SEC institution Vanderbilt.

The first event of the morning proved to be the biggest point producer for Missouri State. The trio of that included sophomore Roni Balzam and freshmen Ibby Simcox and Rebecca Amparano raced to a second-place finish in the 3x100 butterfly relay (2:57.70). Balzam had a leadoff split of 57.90, which was more than a second faster than her time last night at the Show-Me Showdown.

In the next stroke relay, junior Anna Ahlin improved on her 100 back swim from Friday and led off the 3x100 backstroke event with a split of 58.40. The Bears finished sixth with the group of Ahlin, Megan Holthoff and Janke Engelbrecht.

The Bears' A-Relays then recorded back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the 3x100 breaststroke (Sander, Burroughs, Powers) and the 800 free relay (Molden, Snyder, Wright, Steffen).

The divers also made the trip to the Razorback Relays and competed in the 3-meter diving competition during the first break. Junior Lindsey Conway improved her 3-meter score from yesterday by 38.10 points and finished eighth.

Following the break, Missouri State swam in a non-traditional 500 freestyle relay (50-100-150-200) and scored fifth-place points with a team of Shannon Myer, Engelbrecht, Hannah Molden and freshman Carly Wright.

The Bears were able to come up with back-to-back fifth places in the 200 free relay (Gately, Myer, Swain, Holthoff) and the non-traditional 3x500 free relay (Snyder, Van Rensburg, Wright).

During the second break, Conway, Paige Koebbe and Darya Wodetzki dove 1-meter and placed ninth, 13th and 16th, respectively.

To conclude the Relays, MSU recorded a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 4x100 individual medley relay (Ahlin, Simcox, Sander, Balzam) and the 400 free relay (Gately, Uzcategui, Engelbrecht, Holthoff).

The Bears will have a two-week break from competition and will return to Columbia, Mo. for a dual against Missouri on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m.

Final Team Standings
1. Arkansas - 526
2. North Texas - 338
3. SMU - 300
4. Missouri State - 224
5. Vanderbilt - 160



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